Winter Backpacker tour to Olkhon Island

Overview

Olkhon is the largest island in Baikal Region. Many myths, mysteries are associated with this island.

A population of the island is about 1000 people. Majority of the population is the Buryats. The Buryats since ancient times were shamanists and Olkhon island is considered to be the father of all shamans and the main sanctuary and a religious center. Olkhon has a supernatural power that’s why a lot of shamans from the whole world come here to pray. Usually shamans say: Olkhon Island is the best portal with space, and you should think positively here and positive will come back to you in double.  

During this tour, you will explore Olkhon Island from the South to the North. You will see how Baikal is clean and large. You will have chance to drive on ice, meet with local people and life. 

The price includes: Meeting in the airport, 1st day transfer from the airport to the hotel (hostel); Transfer from Irkutsk to Khuzhir village and back, accommodation with shared bathroom, excursions to the South and to the North; Meals: the 2nd day - diner, the 3rd and the 4 day - breakfast, lunch and diner, 5th day- breakfast; 6th day transfer to the airport. 

The price doesn't include: guide service, the 1st and the 5th day accommodation, meals (besides meals that is included), national park tickets (300 rub per person for one excursion), tips, personal expenses. 

Dates of departures

According to individual requests

Itinerary

1st Day

IRKUTSK

 

Meeting in the airport. Transfer to your hotel or hostel (self-booking). 

P.S. The first day and the 5th day accommodation is not included. However if you want us to book it for you it will cost: hostel - 3000 RUB per 2 people, hotel - 6000 RUB per 2 people.

2nd Day

 

IRKUTSK - KHUZHIR

 

Transfer to Olkhon Island (Khuzhir village) by public bus at 10 am. Bus will pick up you from your place (hotel or hostel, it should be close to the city center). 

Today you will have 6 hours journey (290 km). On the way you will have stop for a lunch (around 40 minutes) where you can taste some local food (pay on spot). 

Arrival time is 4 pm. The bus will drop you in your guest house where you can stay 3 nights. It is clean and warm guest house with shared washing facilities. 

Check-in. Free time. During free time you can explore Khuzhir village. Today you should go to Cape Burkhan and Shamanka rock (about 2 km from the guest house). It is better to check sunset time in order to be in time in Cape Burkhan to admire the picturesque view. Diner is at 7 pm. Don't be late :) This guest house has very nice owners who cook very well, real jam :) 

3rd Day


KHUZHIR. Trip to the North.
Breakfast at 9 am. Departure at 10 am for an excursion (6-7 hours) to the most northern point of the Island - Cape Khoboy. The bus will pick up you from the guest house. 

Due to a lack of roads on the Island, your trip will be in “off-road” style on ICE

in specially designed military cars like UAZ (8 people in one car). So today you will have a chance to make friends with people from different countries. On the way to Cape Khoboy you will have several stops. 
Cape Khoboy is a sacred place for the indigenous people of the island - the Buryats. It takes plenty of shamanic rituals and religious ceremonies. Here you can see all four sides of the lake. During your excursion, the driver will prepare lunch for you.  
Return to Khuzhir. Dinner and overnight in the resort.

4th Day

KHUZHIR. Trip to the South. 

Breakfast at 9 am. Departure at 10 am for an excursion (6-7 hours) around the southern part of the Island.  The bus will pick up you from the guest house.  Firstly you will visit, Elga bay where you can find caves and grottes. Then you will go to Ogoy Island, where you will see Buddhist Stupa (depend on weather condition) . Also you will cross southern part of Olkhon Island and walk near rocks where you will find ice splashes. Lunch on the way. Then you will go to the field of ice bubbles. Arrival in Khuzhir village at 4-5 pm. Free  time. Diner. Overnight in the guest house. 

5th Day

KHUZHIR — IRKUTSK

Breakfast. Today we will have a long road to Irkutsk (about 5 hours). Departure at 10 a.m.
Lunch on the way (extra charge). On the road you can see the 3 types of terrain: rocks, forests and steppes. Arrival in Irkutsk to 16.00 to your place (it should be close to the city center). Free time. 

6th Day

IRKUTSK

Transfer to the airport or railway station. End of the program. 

from 20000Р / 312$

Trip Length: 6 days

Group: from 2 people

Departure: on request

Period: February - March

Accommodation: Guest house with shared bathroom

Transport: Public bus, 4WD car

Activities: Excursions. No guide service

Visited area: Irkutsk, Small Sea, Khuzhir, Olkhon Island 

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